The prospect of prison now looms over former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife after they agreed to plead guilty to charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
Those items allegedly included everything from furs to a hat once owned by Michael Jackson.
It wasn't immediately clear how much time either could end up doing after the legal drama inevitably reaches its climax before a sentencing judge within a few months.
But one former federal prosecutor in Chicago, Jeff Cramer, says judges frown on breeches of public trust.
He says that may mean Jesse Jackson Jr. serves at least a few years. He thought Sandi Jackson would likely get a term of just several months.